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Anatomic Pathology Residency Director

Clinical Pathology Residency Director


  • UCSF Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • 185 Berry Street, Lobby 2, Suite 100
  • Box 0506
  • San Francisco, CA 94143-0506

All applications to UCSF Pathology training program are accepted only through the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To begin the application process, applicants should review the ERAS web site at www.aamc.org/services/eras. Go to the “Resource Center” on the ERAS home page and select “Applicant resources”. Please note that the departments require three letters of recommendation, a Dean’s letter and copies of all USMLE exam results. These should be handled using the ERAS application system. The deadline for receipt of applications from ERAS is December 15th for appointments beginning the following July.

UCSF GME policy states that "A passing score on USMLE Step II (CS and CK) is required for all trainees beginning a UCSF GME program June 2010 and later. To meet this requirement, programs must rank only candidates who have passed USMLE Step II (CS and CK)." This means that applicants must take USMLE Step II by November in order to have results available for ranking purposes in February.

International medical graduates should request a copy of Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools Application Guidelines from the UCSF Office of Graduate Medical Education (phone 415-476-4561) for detailed information on the specific requirements for applying to the University of California, San Francisco. Additional application information, including ERAS information, for international graduates can be found at www.ecfmg.org. For your file to be complete, you must submit the “Applicant Evaluation Status Letter” issued by the Medical Board of California as one of your letters of recommendation. Our Program does not have specific requirements for international medical graduates, however, historically, most IMG candidates who have been invited to interview have had the following characteristics:

  • USMLE Scores (all steps taken) above 200 (80).
  • Graduated from medical school less than 5 years ago.
  • At least one year paid experience within US medical system (preferably in a pathology-related specialty) OR post-MD study (PhD or Masters)
  • J-1 Visas, EAD or US Naturalization (Note: we cannot act as a visa sponsor)
  • Completed applications must be received through ERAS by December 15 for appointments beginning in July.

For information regarding the Anatomic Pathology or Clinical Pathology Training Program, please contact the appropriate residency director listed above, in care of Kirsten Dahmen.

National Resident Matching Program Rules

The purpose of the National Resident Matching Program is to allow both applicants and programs to make selection decisions on a uniform schedule and without pressure.

Both applicants and programs may try to influence decisions in their favor but commitments prior to the submission of Rank Order Lists should not be expected or made.

Any attempt by programs to obtain a commitment from applicants to accept a position before the match occurs is a violation. Any attempt by applicants to obtain a commitment from a program to offer a position before the match occurs is a violation. Any attempt to solicit information on how a program or applicant will be ranked is a violation.

It is not a violation for either an applicant or a program to express strong interest in a program or applicant. It is not even a violation for an applicant or program to tell how the program or applicant will be ranked. However, none of these expressions of interest on the part of either an applicant or a program can be considered a commitment to enter a program or to guarantee a position.

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California Medical License Information

The California Medical Practice Act permits U.S. medical and osteopathic school graduates to practice medicine with the scope of their ACGME approved training program without a license for the first year of residency, but requires registration with the California Medical Board. Forms will be provided by and processed through your home department. The law also allows trainees in the second year post M.D./D.O. to register through their program in order to continue training. During that year, however, a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of California must be obtained. If, by the end of the Resident 2-year a license is not obtained, all “privileges and exemptions...shall automatically cease.” (Section 2065)

Trainees who have not obtained a license within this time frame will not be allowed further patient contact. During the period of non-licensure, the Resident/Fellow appointment, including salary, will be suspended. Resumption of training, once a California Medical License has been obtained, will be at the sole discretion of the residency Program Director. Thereafter and for the duration of training, the California medical license must be continually maintained as a prerequisite to appointment.

Click here for application packets for a California physician’s license or they may be requested by writing or phoning:

  • Medical Board of California
  • 1426 Howe Avenue, Suite 54
  • Sacramento, CA 95825-3236
  • Phone: 916-263-2499

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